Provides information and advice for teenagers on sex-related issues, including sexual readiness, body image, consent, contraception, sexting, the LGBTQ movement, and sex shaming. - (Baker & Taylor)
SEXTING. VIRGINITY. CONSENT. THE BIG O... Sex-positive vlogger Hannah Witton covers it all.
Nobody really has sex all figured out. So Hannah Witton wrote a book full of honest, hilarious (and sometimes awkward) anecdotes, confessions, and revelations. Hannah talks about doing it safely. Doing it joyfully. Doing it when you're ready. Not doing it. Basically, doing it the way you want, when you want (if you want).
Doing It works as an introduction to sex as well as a guidebook for those who are already sexually active, with insight on topics such as healthy relationships, porn, contraception, sex shaming, and more. Approachable and empowering, this is a go-to resource for all things s-e-x.
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Popular British YouTube vlogger and sex educator Witton's breezy sex and relationship guide covers a wide range of topics, from crushes to polyamory to emergency contraception and everything in between. Admittedly not officially an "expert," Witton defers to a range of friends who cover topics outside of her personal experience, particularly in the book's LGBT section. Witton is careful to note her privilege as a straight cis woman, and while the guide is not marketed for a particular gender or sexuality, it does carry a bit of a slant in that direction. Threaded throughout in an almost gossipy style is the author's relationship and sexual history, including an enlightening discussion with her mom and grandparents about their sexual educations—or lack thereof. Though the guide is in American English and for the most part reflects American norms—age of consent is listed by state, for example—strangely, the Protection of Children Act 1978 is detailed in the sexting section instead of the American legislation section. Still, this highly accessible title offers much for young adults. Empowering, modern, and judgment-free. Grades 9-12. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.
An informational guide to sexuality from a YouTube vlogger and sex educator that covers a wide array of topics for readers of all genders and sexual identities. Maintaining an unapologetic, nonjudgmental tone throughout, it expansively deals with topics from sexual identity to sexually transmitted diseases and body image as well as some territory less commonly explored in books on sex for teens, such as porn, polyamory, sexting, and legal considerations. In a chapter dedicated to LGBTQ+ topics, she offers an overview of topics including cis, trans, and nonbinary genders, sexual orientation (including asexuality), coming out, heteronormativity and the privileges that come with it, and being an ally. A chapter on consent talks about alcohol, legal definitions, and more and refreshingly includes information from YouTube activist Rikki Poynter, who is deaf, about consent in the context of deaf-hearing relationships. Other topics covered include virginity, masturbation, porn, body image, sexual pleasure, contraception, sex shaming, and rape and porn myth busters. Anecdotes and testimonials from other sex-positive people help round out this volume. A particularly strong contribution appears in the section on healthy relationships and was penned by author Holly Bourne. The section on bodies includes several cartoon-style "Hannah Diagrams." Witton's writing style is not unlike her YouTube persona—simple, candid, accessible, and inclusive. While self-indulgent at times, readers will appreciate Witton's frank, nothing-is-off-limits approach. (resources, index) (Nonfiction. 14-18) Copyright Kirkus 2018 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.
Publishers Weekly Reviews
Witton, a vlogger and sex educator, offers an insightful, fact-filled guide to sex for teens. Writing in a conversational prose style, Witton discusses contraception, body image, pornography, sexual pleasure, consent, gender, and other topics via personal anecdotes and words of advice. Additional voices weigh in with candid essays on physical and psychological aspects of sexuality and relationships. Writer Holly Bourne discusses the damaging messaging behind many romance tropes; YouTube content creators, authors, and sex-positive advocates share perspectives on topics that include "attempting to date while queer," the experience of catching an STI, and body image. Witton's willingness to be vulnerable with her readers—seemingly in real-time ("If you recall, while writing this book, I got dumped. At the point of writing this, it has been almost two months since said dumping occurred")—is especially heartening. Ages 14–up. Agent: Susannah Palfrey, Hachette Children's Group. (July)
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School Library Journal Reviews
Gr 7 Up—A touchingly witty sex-positive collection of tips, anecdotes, and essays on healthy relationships, consent, contraception, porn, and more. YouTube vlogger Witton begins by assuring readers that "it's completely up to you how you wish to consume this book" before diving into the good stuff. Highlights include Holly Bourne's segment on problematic tropes in romance films, which uses a "Wormtail Test" ("If Wormtail starts saying, You're not like other witches,' you're probably five minutes away from getting the Dark Mark tattooed on to your arm") and a chapter on consent, which contains a breakdown of situations in which consent can't happen (e.g., if one individual is incapacitated), a chart listing the age of consent in each U.S. state and territory, and a legal perspective from an attorney. In the chapter "LGBTQ+," Witton acknowledges her privilege as a straight cis woman and her lack of expertise and lived experience, and instead she features thoughtful essays that explore bisexuality, dating while trans, being gender fluid, and more from such noted figures as Ash Hardell, Juno Dawson, and Riley J. Dennis. Minimalistic doodlelike patterns and designs appear throughout. VERDICT A current take on navigating sexuality and relationships for teens, and a fine addition to most nonfiction collections.—Della Farrell, School Library Journal
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Voice of Youth Advocates Reviews
Witton defines herself as a writer, vlogger, and online sex educator. Some teens might know her from these roles. She is from the UK and writes in a breezy, readable style that she honed on her vlog. Her book states it is written for ages fourteen and above, and her purpose is to educate adolescents about sex so they can understand that their development is normal and even empowering. Chapters cover healthy relationships, virginity, LGBTQA+, consent, and a host of other important topics related to sex. She writes for those who, like her, had a considerable amount of sex education at home and at school as well as for those who have very little. The amount of accurate, genuine information teens receive, sadly, depends on where they live and with whom in the U.S. Witton's goal is to have quality, realistic sex education provided everywhere to every young person. Witton's enthusiasm for her topic is evident; she is fascinated with sex, human behavior, and relationships and displays a lively, provocative quality in approaching her subject. A particularly interesting chapter describes Witton's interactions with her mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother as she interviews them about their sexual awareness. She also includes brief anecdotes and explanations from others, particularly in the LGBTQA+ chapter, which add verisimilitude to the author's writing. In addition, a criminal lawyer, who founded the Schools Consent Project, offers legal clarification, for instance, in cases of rape, consent, etc. Young people need reliable access to sex education, and this simply does not occur often enough. Too much "advice" seems to be more accessible than accurate information, and more dangerous. Witton's information is accurate and her presentation is low-key, and the anatomical drawings are her own. The book should be read by teens, educators, and parents—anyone who works with and cares about youth.—Judith A. Hayn. Table of Contents. Resources. Index. 4Q 5P J S Copyright 2018 Voya Reviews.